Because of misunderstandings of the Kingdom, Jesus gave a parable in which He made it clear His reign would involve a literal kingdom ruling in the physical realm as well as in the spiritual realm.
"Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately" (Luke 19:11). The people were looking for the establishment of the Kingdom of God with Jerusalem as the center of government over the nations, with the Jews being the prominent people of the Kingdom, as the prophets had foretold.
So Jesus explained it this way: "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return" (verse 12). Jesus, the nobleman of the parable, taught that while He was away (in heaven) for an unspecified length of time, His servants would continue where they were (on earth) doing their Lord's business until He returned, when they would be rewarded (verses 13-27). And what is their reward in this parable? It is having authority over cities—physical cities filled with men, women, boys and girls (verses 17, 19).
The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 is similar, giving the same kind of message. The basic scenario is the same: ".. . The kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them" (verse 14).
The reward for those who increased their talents (a denomination of money here symbolic of spiritual means) is being made "ruler over many things" (verses 21, 23). The Kingdom of God when it is established by Jesus Christ at His return will be a literal government, ruling on earth and functioning not only in the spiritual affairs of man, but in his temporal affairs too.
This is the Kingdom that Jesus announced would be coming. And He began to invite some to "repent, and believe in the gospel"— the good news of His message—because "the kingdom of God is at hand" (Mark 1:15). He was now announcing that Kingdom, and they had the opportunity to prepare to be a part of the Kingdom of God at His return.
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